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This is from my WP sample pack. This got left off the purchase list this time around but only because I see myself drinking this more in the fall and winter instead of the summer. This is my last cup of this tea and it is putting me in tea heaven. A warm cup on this polar vortex summer day. It dipped down to high 50’s in July! Bring on the cold. RAGBRAI is next week and cycling and camping in cool summer days would be a dream!!! Amway, back to the tea. This is my 3rd time with this tea and I think I finally got it right. I steeped it a tad longer than suggested and added a bit more leaf. It is nutty, it is has that roasty, citrusy tang that I really like in some oolongs. It is slightly sweet and oh so yummy. Definitely needs to be on the next order.

Terri HarpLady

Today’s weather was heavenly! :)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, it was a polar vortex summer day here too!

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drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
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HTTB #12/18

I was intrigued by the name of this tea. Ice wine? I am not sure I have the actual wine drink. This smelled a little odd. The taste, not too bad. I can’t put my fingure on the flavors. I was thinking rose? If I think about it a bit I get a redish wine. I am enjoying this cup. Odd and a little different, but enjoyable.

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
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HHTTB #11/18

I didn’t realize this was a herbal tea for some reason. I also didn’t realize it had hibiscus. It is a fruity hibiscus mix that is a nice cup for the evening. Nothing I need to own, but a nice cup.

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HH TTB #10/18

Nothing crazy here. Sweet, light white tea. Hayish flavor. It is a nice relaxing cup that has me digging out my singular tin of plain white tea to sip on this week:)

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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HHTTB #9/18

Thanks CelebriTEA for adding this on in the box. I had this a while back, but I remember not being in the correct frame of mind. I had just finished the real eggnog season and one of the things that I love about eggnog is the spice. This tea doesn’t have that, but it is incredibly creamy, smooth and sweet. I am really really enjoying this tonight. It is much better when I know what to expect. I will add it to the low caffeine wish list!

Cameron B.

This one is definitely on the list for my imminent Butiki order! Sounds amazing.

TeaTiff

I think you will really enjoy it. It is not my favorite Butiki tea, but I am partial to the blacks. I joke that I will need to take out a loan for my next Butiki order:)

Cameron B.

I tend to like creamy and sweet things so I can’t imagine not loving it… Still waiting on that rumored July sale! :D

Butiki Teas

You mean the rumored July 25th Birthday sale. Well, it is certainly a rumor. :D

MzPriss

I see more oolong in my future

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HH TTB #8/18

I have been slacking on getting the rest of the TTB teas reviewed. I got two amazing orders this past week and have been drooling over those cups. This tea I pulled out b/c I haven’t been too exposed to white teas. Some of my very first teas were whites, but since discovering black tea and the range of flavors there I have not returned too frequently to white. A lot of it has to do to the delicate nature of the tea. I enjoy the flavor but they are soo picky about temperature and time. This tea is absolutely delicious. So much bettrer than my expectations. I will not be able to describe the flavor well, but i get creamy sweet hay like taste with a tad of honeysuckle, not sure. It is very tasty and I am glad I pulled out a cup of this to try.

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Insomnia has been biting me in the butt again and last night I made a few crucial mistakes. I drank caffeine after dinner and I worked out close to bed time. My milk powered alarm clock then decided to go off, 40 mins earlier than normal. Thank goodness for caffeine and a good cup of tea to get me rocking and rolling this morning.

After a comment from looseTMan on the keenum front I pulled this sample out again. This is another tea that proves my theory I need to give a tea at least 2 tries before rating or making a decision on it. This has been my go to tea this week and the very generous sample from the folks at Teavivre is almost gone. This has the good kind of brisk with a fruity-ness to the tea that I can’t quite explain. I pulled this tea out to compare to the wp pin peak keenum and they are both wonderful. I would keep both in my cupboard. The pine peak has a more bread like flavor and this has more fruit accents. A good morning cup!

boychik

Have you tried Superfine? I don’t have it, just wanted to know your opinion.

ashmanra

I have, boychik. I is very good, but I think I am going to add one of their other keemuns to my cupboard for breakfast, as I love the Superfine for afternoons.

boychik

ashmanra, I was going to get only one Keemun to my cupboard. Now you make it more difficult haha. So which one would you get as breakfast tea? You probably had them all, right?

TeaTiff

I haven’t had the superfine yet. I was looking at the teavivre site and there was a sample pack that had a few of the teas I havne’t tried yet. The Superfine was in that pack. What makes the supperfine good for afternoon vs breakfast ashmarnra?

looseTman

Superfine is more elegant. Premium is smooth, Robust & more cost-effective. I’ve reviewed all 4 TeaVivre Keemun & just ordered another 500g of it.

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WP order and Verdant tea in one week! Yeah I am sipping on some pretty awesome cups these days. I honestly have no idea how I decided on what to to order for the spring pre-order but I ended up with 2oz of this. I am so glad I did. This is really yummy. I am enjoying this cup with a post work out treat of lemon Noosa yoghurt. If you have never had Noosa you need to. Like this tea it is amazing. I get the malt, i get sweet potato, I get a brightness like I do with some Yunnan’s but this is not enough to make me question this tea, it blends in well with the malty-iness of the tea. I really am enjoying this cup.

MzPriss

Isn’t this one great??? <3

TheTeaFairy

Sounds really yummy.

Dexter

(I actually went and looked at the Verdant site when I saw that you had gotten some of this – but I’m too late – it’s sold out…) Happy that you had an amazing tea week. :))

TeaTiff

Man they are sold out already? Your orders will get there soon Dexter and TTF! I hope customs doesn’t keep them too long!

Dexter

The fact that it’s sold out is probably a good thing….

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Another tea from my recent WP order. Yay! I would normally save this tea for a rainy day or a cold fall/winter day where a blanket and a book are mandatory, but I really want to try all the teas I ordered now so even though it is really warm outside I went ahead with this one. The roasted oolongs are getting to be a favorite of mine. I still don’t understand this. The first cup I had of a dark oolong I dumped out actually, but for some reason I gave it another chance and this type of tea has now becomes one of my favorites. THIS tea was a really nice dark roasted oolong. What stood out to me was the creaminess of it. It seemed so smooth. I had seen that this was formally called something else with chocolate in the name and I would say this was much lighter on the chocolate notes than other dark roasted oolongs I have had. I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait for the weather to be cold. Once it turns chilly out side I am afraid this tea will not last very long.

TheTeaFairy

Aren’t you glad you gave dark oolongs another chance? They are surprising at first though. But they are so worth getting used to. You are so right, perfect tea to have on a lazy fall day, book and blanket :-)

MzPriss

I <3 roasted oolongs

TeaTiff

TTF- I am really glad I gave them another shot. They are such a cozy tea and perfect for the cold days! They are the type of tea I like to sit with at night and just sip. So many good ones to explore!

Jennkay

This sounds delicious! Adding it to my wishlist :)

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
348 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Carmeron B in her kusmi sampler. Thank you!

Oh this tea was such a nice afternoon cup. It is slight ear grey and slight floral. The base black tea mingles really well with the flavors. This is my favorite out of the Russian blends I have tried so far. I could see a tin of this in my future. Thank you for sharing!

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

Rating:
90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.

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